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Af­ter re­cent movie mis­fires like Aloha, writer-di­rec­tor Cameron Crowe gets his groove back in his first TV se­ries, Road­ies, which fol­lows the trav­el­ing crew of the (fic­tional) rock group Sta­ton-house Band. The im­pres­sive ensem­ble in­cludes tour man­ager Bill (Luke Wil­son), who sleeps with much-younger women but still holds a torch for pro­duc­tion man­ager Shelli (Carla Gug­ino), who’s un­for­tu­nately mar­ried to a dude she hardly ever sees, be­cause he’s man­ag­ing Tay­lor Swift’s tour. Then there’s Kelly Ann (Imo­gen Poots), who swears she’s go­ing to quit and go to film school — and gets to de­liver a right­eous rant wor­thy of iconic Crowe char­ac­ters like Lloyd Dobler (of Say Any­thing…) and Jerry Maguire af­ter a fi­nan­cial ad­viser (Rafe Spall) ar­rives to slash the tour bud­get.

What keeps this dys­func­tional bunch bonded to­gether? If you guessed sex­ual ten­sion, you’d be right — but it’s mainly a love of the mu­sic, à la Crowe’s classic Al­most Fa­mous. Like an arena an­them power bal­lad, Road­ies is a corny but catchy crowd-pleaser.

★★★★✩

Kelly Ann’s twin, Jesse (Col­son Baker), be­comes the lead singer’s manny.

They're with the band!

BY MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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